education and style
A little bit of information of what I do as a musician and how I got there.
Where I learned
My musical studies have been varied and haven’t always been limited to just conservatory education. In fact, I started with a Liberal Arts degree (University College Roosevelt, Middelburg) where I took courses in musicology and educational sciences, but also some computer sciences and art history (and for some reason, economics. We don’t talk about economics.)
A little more back in time? I was born in Oost-Souburg, Zeeland, the Netherlands. When I was seven years old I started with recorder lessons, and after two years of happy squeaks I decided to switch to the saxophone. That is, my mum picked saxophone for me because I literally could not distinguish a trumpet from a french horn. Either way, it was a good choice 🙂
I took lessons at the local music school and happily continued making a lot of noise on the saxophone. I met Andreas van Zoelen, with whom I subsequently studied during my years at university, and with whom I later also did my Bachelor of Music. I finished with a recital with music of only female composers, including personal reworks of hymns of Hildegard von Bingen with sax and electronics.
As a musician
As a musician I am still exploring. It’s part of my nature to choose very varying projects to work on, stick with it until it’s how I want it, then move on to something entirely different. Currently this means that I’m working on arranging and creating own music. The past year I have started to work with live electronics and I’m loving the creation process.
I’m an intuitive player – I play what comes to me and if I like it, I stick to it. This goes for ‘traditional’ classical music – for as far we can speak of that in the world of classical saxophone – but definitely also for contemporary genres. Check out my YouTube channel and listen for yourself.
So some of my projects are also available to others. Here is a small selection of arrangements that you can either buy or get for free. If you want any information on acquiring scores that don’t have a download link, drop me a message!
Prelude – Max Bruch. Contact for score and parts. Originally for 2 piano’s, also available for symphony orchestra.
Instrumentation: SS AAAA TT BB B/Bs
Prelude in G minor – Sergei Rachmaninov. Contact for score and parts. Performance by Fontys Saxophone Orchestra in 2019.
Etudes Tableaux, Op. 33 – Sergei Rachmaninov (several movements). Preview of 1 movement here. Originally for piano, some movements deviate in original in structure, the link explains why.
Organ Sonate No. 4, mvt 2 – J.S. Bach. Contact for score and parts. Originally for organ. I have 2 versions; one transcription without articulation and performance suggestions, and one with some suggested articulations.
Sarabande – Francis Poulenc. Contact for score and parts.